Evan Williams is distilled by the Heaven Hill distillery which is the second largest US distillery and the only one which makes all styles of whiskey – Bourbon, rye, wheat and corn. Responding to the ever evolving tastes of American whiskey consumers, they are cooking up some innovative expressions that work within the tight parameters of US law, including honey, cinnamon and cherry flavoured Bourbons. Williams, like Jack Daniels, was of Welsh descent. The temperance movement made it very difficult to distil whisky/whiskey in Wales so their families relocated to the US in the 19th century (Southern Comfort was also first produced by Welsh distillers). Evan Williams was considered by many connoisseurs to be the finest bourbon. This single barrel bourbon expression is now in its 19th year.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Dry and dusty. Hickory. Sweet cigarette. Slightly sour but incredibly juicy.
Palate: Vanilla. Spicy, sweet and aromatic. Assertive wood and a definite citrusy, grapefruity hit. Violet chocolates at the death.
Retails for around £35